bloody battle rages in a setting of extraordinary beauty.
A hardened, tight-knit guerrilla unit—almost entirely made
up of teenagers—executes one of its own for informing. Children
earnestly learn to use automatic weapons, and talk of laying
down their lives for “the struggle.” A luminous young woman—an
assassin—straps a belt of plastic explosives under her beautiful
white gown, as if she were the bride of death. This isn’t
the Middle East, however—it’s Sri Lanka, where a Civil War
raged for almost 40 years.
Terrorist, a shattering film from Indian director Santosh
Sivan, screening tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at
Time & Space Limited, probably never would have made
it to these shores if it weren’t for John Malkovich. In
November 1998, he presided over the jury at the Cairo International
Film Festival, and thus discovered the film. Malkovich found
it mesmerizing: “. . . a small masterpiece of economy, grace,
and precision,” he wrote in The New York Times. Coming
off a series of particularly miserable experiences with
the Hollywood filmmaking machine, Malkovich found the film’s
visual beauty and dramatic power refreshing—especially since
it was filmed in just 16 days, with no lighting, by a skeleton
crew led by Sivan (who served as his own cinematographer).
Malkovich then lent both his name and financial backing
to secure an American release for the film.
Using nonactors, Sivan obtained extraordinary performances
from the entire cast, including the lead. As the would-be
suicide bomber, Ayesha Dhakar gives what Malkovich aptly
describes as “an absolutely hypnotic performance.”
Terrorist will be shown tonight (Thursday, Sept. 26)
through Saturday (Sept. 28) at Time & Space Limited
(434 Columbia St., Hudson); showtime is 7 PM. $7, $5 members.
Call 822-8448 for details, or visit www.timeandspace.org.
to be horrified that your kids haven’t lived up to their
potential? Or, if you haven’t produced offspring, would
you like to be reminded of your own youthful lack of achievement?
Then, by all means get yourself over to the Troy Savings
Bank Music Hall tomorrow night (Friday) for From the
Top. This public radio program showcases some of the
most gifted and hardworking young classical musicians in
America. If you’ve heard the program—and if you haven’t,
you should listen to WMHT-FM (89.1) every Saturday at 2
PM or Sunday at 3 PM—you are already familiar with these
enormously talented youngsters. These kids play Mendelssohn
and Brahms as if they had already made it through decades
of practice, when, in reality, many have barely reached
the Top is hosted, 52 weeks a year, by Christopher O’Riley.
An accomplished concert pianist in his own right, O’Reilly
has a gift for communicating with these prodigies, who range
in age from 9 to 18. He cajoles them into talking entertainingly
about their musical (and nonmusical) pursuits—though, it
must be said, some of the more precocious youngsters don’t
require much prompting.
the Top will be presented tomorrow night (Friday, Sept.
27) at 8 PM, at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (State
and Second streets, Troy). $27, $24. Call 273-0038 for reservations
OFF: Directors Select From Their Museum Collections
and galleries often boast about their collections. Starting
Monday, the Albany International Airport Gallery will have
earned the right to boast about other museums’ collections.
SHOW OFF: Directors Select From Their Museum Collections
will feature pieces from 55 area museums, historical societies
and historical sites, selected by their directors to “give
visitors to the Albany International Airport an enticing
glimpse of museum collections through a wide range of objects,
artworks, ephemera and oddities, reminiscent of the Smithsonian
Institute’s eclectic exhibitions,” according to the Rev.
Michael A. Farano, Chairman of the Albany County Airport
Authority. Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery co-curator
Charles Stainbeck says, “Museums by definition are about
their collections—those objects and artifacts that most
often define their mission. Most museums contain hundreds
of objects that for any number of reasons are rarely, if
ever seen.” The Albany International Airport Gallery is
looking to change that with this exhibit.
OFF follows two Airport gallery exhibitions that featured
intriguing amateur collections from residents of the Capital
Region; now the museum and gallery professionals have their
chance to show off. Among the objects in the exhibit will
be “Study for Black Sun” (pictured), a sculpture by Isamu
Noguchi, provided by the Empire State Plaza Art Collection;
a Revolutionary War canteen from Fort Ticonderoga; a photographic
and sound installation based on Christina Kubisch’s Clocktower
Project from MASS MoCA; and an engraved walking stick
given by Andrew Jackson to Martin Van Buren, from the Martin
Van Buren National Historic Site. Some of the other establishments
represented are the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery,
the 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum, the
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the World Awareness
Children’s Museum, the Iroquois Indian Museum and the New
York State Museum.
OFF: Directors Select From Their Museum Collections opens
on Monday (Sept. 30) at the Albany International Airport
Museum (737 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie) and runs through
Feb. 16. There will be a reception on Oct. 4 from 5:30 to
7:30 PM. For more information, call 242-2241 or visit www.albanyairport.com.